Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II–Which Is The Ultimate Smartphone?

Yesterday, Apple announced the highly anticipated successor to the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S. However, many Apple loyalists were disappointed with the iPhone 4S since the phone did not have any innovative feature. The most disappointing part about the iPhone 4S is that it looks exactly like its predecessor, and is in fact heavier by 4 grams.

Now, that the iPhone 4S has been announced, it is more than obvious that the handset will be stacked against the current top-end Android handset, the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Below is a small comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the iPhone 4S.



Dimension wise, the Samsung Galaxy S II is larger, slimmer and bigger than the iPhone 4S. Compared to the Galaxy S II dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.5 mm, the iPhone 4S has dimensions of 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm. Last year, when Apple announced the iPhone 4, it vowed everyone with how slim the handset was. However, it was disappointing to see its successor having the same dimensions as the previous generation iPhone. The Galaxy S II weighs in at 113gms, while the iPhone 4 weighs 138gms.

While the iPhone 4S is primarily made of glass and metal, the Galaxy S II is made of plastic. Both the handsets are pretty stylish as well. However, out of the two, I would prefer the Samsung Galaxy S II, since at least it can be easily distinguished from the original Galaxy S, unlike the iPhone 4S.


The Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with WVGA(800×480) resolution, while the iPhone 4S has a comparatively tiny 3.5-inch IPS LCD Retina Display’ with an eye-popping resolution of 640×960. Like the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S trumps the Galaxy S 2 in terms of resolution and pixels. However, I would prefer the Samsung Galax S II just because it has a much bigger display with eye-popping colors and contrast ratios.

Also, it is just a matter of weeks (perhaps, days?) before the next-generation Android handsets trump the iPhone 4S with their 720p HD (1280×720) resolution. The Nexus Prime is reportedly rumored to have a 720p HD resolution. The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE already has a 4.65-inch SuperAMOLED display with 720p resolution.


The Samsung Galaxy S II sports an Exynos 4210 SoC, which contains a 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor along with an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU. Like the iPad 2, the iPhone 4S is powered by an A5 SoC. The A5 SoC consists of a Cortex-A9 dual core, running at unknown frequency and a powerful PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU.

While the CPU on the Galaxy S II trumps the iPhone 4S in terms of raw processing power, the tables turn when it comes to GPU. The PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU is way ahead of the ARM Mali-400MP GPU in terms of performance.


While the Samsung Galaxy S II runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWIZ 4.0 UI on top of it. The iPhone 4S runs on iOS5, which includes a completely revamped notification center, iMessage, new camera app, and many other changes.

Compared to iOS5, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS on the Samsung Galaxy S II looks pretty stale. Hopefully, things will change when Google announces the next major version of Android this month Ice Cream Sandwich.


Both the Samsung Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S have an 8MP camera with an LED flash. While the Samsung Galaxy S II camera has an aperture size of 2.65, the iPhone 4S camera has an aperture size of 2.4. The iPhone 4S has a custom ISP designed by Apple, thanks to which it has features like Face recognition, Hybrid IR filter and auto-white balance. From the camera samples released by Apple, it looks like the iPhone 4S is capable of taking better photos compared to the Samsung Galaxy S II. There is not much difference between the picture quality though. However, in low-light conditions, the iPhone 4S totally trumps the Samsung Galaxy S II pictures.

Both the handsets are also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution at 30FPS. The most interesting feature of the iPhone 4S is that it sports real-time video image stabilization, along with real-time temporal noise reduction. Thanks to these features, the iPhone 4S records much better videos than the Galaxy S II. This does not mean that the Samsung Galaxy S II camera is bad. It still has one of the best cameras among the Android handsets.

The Verdict

This is perhaps for the first time, that a product announcement from Apple has led to a disappointment. The iPhone 4S while has evolutionary hardware, still sports a very small screen compared to the competition from its Droid counterparts. Also, it looks exactly like its predecessor, which is not a good thing. Had the iPhone 4S been released at WWDC 2011, it would not have been such a disappointment. But, 14 months after the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S is nothing but a disappointment.

So, who is the ultimate winner? While this is a fairly sensitive and personal issue, I would like to leave this decision on our readers. Drop on your comments, and let us know who the ultimate winner is.

Apple Introduces AppleCare+ for iPhone

Apple not only announced a new iPhone today, but also updated its AppleCare program for iPhone. Today, the company has introduced AppleCare+ for iPhone. AppleCare+ for iPhone is a new  extended warranty service that combines tech support, software support, and the company’s first accidental plan.


Earlier, AppleCare used to be offered for $69, but today the new $99 AppleCare+ for iPhone replaces that program. AppleCare+ extends an iPhone’s repair coverage and technical support to two years from the original purchase date but also adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage due to an owner’s poor handling of the device.

Each accidental damage incident is subject to a $49 service fee and is available only for the iPhone and its included accessories. In addition, the company promises that customers taking advantage will receive either a new or refurbished iPhone.

AppleCare+ offers software troubleshooting and telephone-based technical support, while also offering customers with repair needs the option for mail-in or carry-in repairs, and an express replacement service.

Replacement costs for an out-of-contract iPhone can cost hundreds to replace new or $200 through Apple.

Apple Posts Video of iPhone 4S Keynote

The full event can now be watched at Apple’s website, which was led by Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook.  During today’s keynote, Apple announced a brand new version of its iPhone “iPhone 4S”.    The iPhone 4S features the new A5 processor, a redesigned antenna, and an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p high-definition video.

iPhone 4S worldphone

The iPhone 4S also offers a mind-blowing feature called “Siri”.  Siri is a voice recognition and control feature that allows users to use their voice to access information or accomplish tasks. For example, users can compose a text message, find a local restaurant, or make a call, by using Siri. In addition, the iPhone 4S is a world phone, allowing one model to be compatible with both CDMA and GSM networks. The iPhone is now also offered in 64GB and supports Sprint.

Apple also  reduced the price  of its 8GB iPod touch to $199, and added a new white model in addition to the existing black one. Apple’s iPod nano lineup also received a price drop to $129 for the 8GB model and $149 for 16GB.

The iPhone 4S will be available for preorder starting on Oct. 7, and will go on sale next Friday, Oct. 14 in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K.

After watching the entire keynote, I have come to the conclusion that Tim Cook did a fantastic job for his first keynote. It only gets better from here.


Apple Becomes World’s Leading Smartphone Vendor

Last month, it was reported that the leading vendor for smartphones would be Apple. The report suggested that Apple is expected to ship 86.4 million units in 2011, which would be a significant increase from the 47.5 million iPhones the company shipped last year. In addition,  Nokia would fall to No. 2 worldwide.

IHS iSuppli iPhone production

This week, IHS iSuppli revealed its latest figures, showing that Apple has shipped 20.3 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2011; making the company the world’s leading smartphone vendor. Also, Apple’s totals beat out No. 2 Samsung, with 19.6 million, and third-place Nokia, with 16.7 million.

In July, Apple revealed in its quarterly earnings that iPhone sales exceeded 20 million. Apple’s sales were driven by the year-old iPhone 4, which has remained the  top-selling smartphone  in the U.S. well into its lifespan.

The numbers from IHS put those figures in perspective.  IHS sees the iPhone continuing to play a major role in rapid expansion of the smartphone market. The report suggests that a total of 478 million smartphones will be shipped in 2011, up 62.4 percent from the 294 million in 2010.  Apple’s sales are exceeding the market average, with the iPhone seeing 142.2 percent annual unit shipment growth in the second quarter of 2011.

IHS also predicts that  more than a billion smartphones will be sold in the year 2015 and smartphone shipments are expected to account for more than half of all cellphones in 2015.

Apple’s Voice Recognition Feature–Siri–Will Blow You Away

The all new iPhone 4S from Apple also has a new voice-to-text feature, previously rumored as Assistant, known as Siri. The Siri feature from Apple is similar to Google’s Voice Search feature, except that it’s more sophisticated.


In the Siri demo at the event, when Scott asked whether he needs an umbrella todayor wake me up at 6AM. The phone then responded back saying It sure looks like you need an Umbrellaor Ok, I set it for 6AM.

This new Siri feature is also location aware, and is tightly integrated with system apps. For example, Siri remembers when you have a calendar appointment, and will notify you when the new calendar entry is going to clash with an existing one. It will also respond back to a user asking if he has any appointment or is free on a specific day.

Apple has also entered into a partnership with Wolfram Alpha. Any obscure stuff that Siri comes across will go through Wolfram Alpha. Like Android, there is also a voice-to-text feature, with a dedicated microphone button ala Android, now finding its place on the virtual keyboard.

Right now, Siri is in beta and supports English, French and German languages. iPhone 4S owners can activate Siri by pressing the Home Button. Keep in mind, that a data connection will be required to use Siri. Siri will also be an iPhone 4S exclusive.

Apple iPhone 4S Finally Announced; Sports an A5-Chip and an 8MP Camera

Along with the new Cards app, and the slightly updated iPod line-up, the fruit named company also announced its next-generation iPhone the iPhone 4S.


The new iPhone sports the powerful A5 chip, which powers the iPad 2. There is a dual-core Cortex A9 processor inside, which is up to 2X powerful than its predecessor. The PowerVR SGX543MP GPU is up to 7x times faster than the GPU find inside the A4 chip.

Apple also emphasized on the battery life of the iPhone 4S. Apple quotes up to 8 hours of talk time on 3G, which increases to a whopping 14 hours on 2G. The battery will last for 6 hours while browsing on 3G, which increases to 9 hours on Wi-Fi. The new iPhone 4S is also capable of playing back videos for up to 10 hours, or continuously pump out music for a staggering 40 hours. Unlike the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S is a world-phone. This means there will be a single iPhone this year, for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint

The iPhone 4S also sports an updated 8MP camera, which has a backside illuminated CMOS sensor. This means better low-light pictures, which allow for up to 73% more light to pass through. There is also a Hybrid IR filter, better color accuracy and more color uniformity. The aperture size of the camera lens f/2.4 and it has a five-element lens with 30% more sharpness.

There is also a new custom designed ISP from Apple, which will enable iPhone 4S owners to take pictures in an instant, and have other features like face-detection and auto-white balance. Thanks to the dual-core processor, the new iPhone 4S is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution. There is also real-time video image stabilization, which is a first for a phone along with real-time temporal noise reduction.

The new iPhone also has AirPlay Mirrioring, along with Wired Mirrioring. The iPhone 4S will also have a new voice  recognition  feature, Siri. Readers can read more about Siri here.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 4S begins from 7th October, and it will be available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K, France, Germany and Japan. The 16GB iPhone 4S will be cost $199, while the 32GB and 64GB variant will cost $299 and $399 respectively.

In the United States, the iPhone 4S will be available on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint! The handset will hit the retail stores on October 14th.

Apple iOS5 Releasing on October 12

Before announcing the next-generation iPhone, Apple gave us a small run-down of the top 10 features in iOS5. The new version of iOS has some major changes, including a much needed and completely revamped notification center.


The new Notification center in iOS5 is highly inspired by the Android notification system, except that it looks much better and functional. Other than this, iOS5 also has a new messaging system for iOS users, iMessage. This new service will allow iOS device users to interact with each other for free. iMessage has the potential to be a true BBM killer.

Other major change in iOS5 is deep Twitter integration. iOS users just need to sign-in to Twitter once, and they are done! No need to sign-in again, anywhere. They can also see the latest tweets from their contacts when they open the Contacts app. They can also directly share an image on Twitter right from the Photos app.

Other changes in iOS5 includes Push to all devices, Reminders which is location aware as well, new Camera app, new and improved Safari with a new interface, improved Game Center, enhancements to the Mail app, and most importantly Wi-Fi sync. iOS users can now directly sync their iDevice to iTunes via Wi-Fi. Also, they don’t need to connect their iDevice to a PC when they start it for the first time.

Apple also announced that iOS5 will be available for free starting from next Wednesday i.e. October 12th. The new version of iOS will be compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th gen iPod Touch.

Apple Cards App – Send Greeting Cards To Your Loved Ones Right From Your iPhone

The first thing which Apple announced at its on-going Let’s Talk iPhone’ event is the Cards app. This new app from Apple allows users to make their own greeting cards.


Users can select a card style from a huge catalogue of cards design, and select a pic of their choice to be printed on the card.

Apple will then print the card, and mail it to the desired recipient. The company will automatically notify you when the card is printed, shipped and delivered to the desired recipient. The shipping charge is $2.99 for mails within the U.S, and $4.99 for rest of the world. The shipping service used will be USPS, and the greeting card will be printed on 100% cotton paper.

The application will be available in the App Store beginning from October 12.

Watch Apple’s ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ Event Online

Unlike, all the previous years, Apple did not announce a new iPhone at this year’s WWDC. The company only announced iOS5, and a new version of Max OS X Lion.


A few days ago it was rumored that Apple will hold an event on October 4 to announce the next-generation iPhone. Apple confirmed the rumors by sending out press-invites for its Let’s Talk iPhone’ event. The event will be held at the company’s own Town Hall auditorium at its Headquarters in Cupertino, California.

This will be the first time, Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook will make a public appearance. It will be interesting to see whether Cook will be successfully able to fill in the large shoes of Steve Jobs or not. I hope Steve Jobs will also make a surprise visit at the event.

However, unlike last time, Apple won’t be live-streaming the event. This means, that people like who won’t be physically present at the location, will be missing all the action. Thankfully, some lucky folks from online media like Engadget, This Is My Next, Mac Rumors etc. will be present at the event, and will live blog it for the unlucky souls like us who won’t be there.

Below is a list of links where users can follow the event :

Alternatively, users might be able to watch the live-stream from here. An audio stream of the event might also be available here, when the event starts.

Apple to Offer iPhone 3GS Free on Contract?

iPhone 3GS

Tomorrow’s iPhone event is just around the corner. Today, analyst Mike Abramsky with RBC Capital Markets said he expects Apple to introduce a new iPhone this week, possibly an “iPhone 5″ or “iPhone 4S”. In addition, he doesn’t  expect Apple to introduce a second, cheaper iPhone model, but instead reduce the prices of its existing lineup.

In fact, he predicts that the iPhone 4 price will drop to the $99 subsidized price, and $499 without a contract. Abramsky also believes that  Apple will retain the iPhone 3GS in its lineup, offering it for free with a two-year carrier agreement, or $399 contract-free.

This would be a significant change from past years because Apple has usually discontinued its two-year-old iPhone models. Last year, when the iPhone 4 launched,  the iPhone 3GS was dropped to $99 with a contract, and later on the price was reduced to $49.

Last June, he expected Apple to offer the iPhone 3GS for free once the iPhone 5 launches.

We expect Apple to reduce the price of the prior iPhone 4 to $99 subsidized ($499 unsubsidized) and the iPhone 3GS to $0 subsidized ($399 unsubsidized, see 11/06/29 note for more detail and rationale); the prior iPhone 4 may be available only with 8GB memory.

Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone and  iPod touch  on  October 4th  at 10 AM PST,  during a press event. Numerous rumors have suggested that these would be an iPhone 4Sand an  iPod touch  with 3G capabilities (which I don’t see happening).